Lights Out in Wonderland: A Novel

Lights Out in Wonderland: A Novel

by DBC Pierre


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"Lights Out in Wonderland has all the verbal wit and energy of Vernon God Little."—Financial Times

Gabriel Brockwell—aesthete, philosopher, disaffected twenty-something decadent—is thinking terminal. He's decided to kill himself—but not immediately. His destination is Wonderland. The style of the journey is all that's to be decided.

Traveling between London, Tokyo, and Berlin, Gabriel is in search of the bacchanal to obliterate all previous parties. His adventure takes in a spell in rehab, a near-death experience eating a poisonous Japanese delicacy, and finally an orgiastic feast in the bowels of Berlin's majestic Tempelhof Airport. Along the way, Gabriel falls apart, only to reemerge with a new outlook on the world and a mission to right his past wrongs.

Lights Out in Wonderland is an allegorical banquet, a sly commentary on these End Times and the march toward banality, and a joyful expression of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349252
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

DBC Pierre’s first novel, Vernon God Little, won the Man Booker Prize. His other novels include Ludmila's Broken English and Lights Out in Wonderland. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.



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Reynella, Australia

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Lights Out in Wonderland 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jenniferrsimpson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was interested to see other people struggled with this. I really enjoyed other books by DBC Pierre, and found parts of this one really perceptive and engaging. The comments on society and in particular capitalism were interesting. However it was hard to follow what was going on as there are several sub plots to keep up with. I am not quite sure what happened at the end but Gabriel seemed to have come through it all and I felt some thing had been achieved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but this is the sillest, tritest writing I have read in a long time. The author just regurgitates tired old "anti capitalism" nonsense that we have heard for years. The thing reads like he copied text from protest phamplets and strung them together with a hint of a story. The narrator of the story comes across as an emotionally retarded young man who would feel right at home among the self indulgent nitwits of the sixties. Like most of them, he fancies himself smarter and better than the rest of humanities poor slobs who just go about their lives accepting their responsibilies. Something too mundane for our poor little mistreated hero. Do not waste your money on this garbage.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
I guess you have to be a fan of the author to get his writing. I couldn't get into this story of a twenty-something wanting to kill himself but yet writes a travelogue of his adventures across the globe. With footnotes and recipes, it was witty at times, but more confusing to me than enjoyable.